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Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
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Genes Ref: F37124

In a lovely peaceful setting by the owners’ manor house, this beautifully restored 1850s house enjoys use of the extensive estate grounds and woodlands. The holiday accommodation is spacious and comfortable, boasting a restored stone fireplace in the living room, while outside is a private terrace, shared garden and heated swimming pool. Nearby is the village of St Christophe sur le Nais, with original paintings to be seen in its old church, and just half an hour away is the chateau and park of Grand Luce. Also within easy reach are the historic city of Tours, and Le Mans with its cathedral and car museum at the famous race circuit. Close by are the Loire valley wine growing regions, where producers are happy to welcome visitors.

Ground floor: Living/dining room, restored stone fireplace. Fully fitted kitchen, breakfast area. Utility room. WC. Stairs from living room to first floor: Twin bedroom. Two double bedrooms, one with king-size bed. All bedrooms have beamed ceilings. Three shower rooms with WCs. Second floor: Twin bedroom with bathroom

  • Landscaped garden and 320 acres of land and woodland with unfenced pond (take care with children)
  • Terrace
  • Use of heated swimming pool (13m x 7m)
  • Electric convector heaters (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (English channels)
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Table tennis
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 2km to village of St. Christophe sur le Nais (all amenities), 9km N of Château du Loir, 12.5km NE of Chateau la Valliere (town), 24km NW of city of Tours (all amenities), 42km SE of Le Mans (city with Roman wall, cathedral).

WAS
NOW
£1199-£1199
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
L’Auneau Ref: F45101

This pretty detached Colombage farmhouse provides comfortable holiday accommodation in a traditional rural setting. Located in a tranquil corner of this picturesque region, L’Auneau also features a large fishing lake close to the house with free fishing rights granted to guests by its owners. The local area and nearby towns are rich in historical interest and activities including golf and forest walks. La Ferte St Aubin boasts a 17th-century castle, whilst the picture-book town of Beaugency sits on the banks of Loire and features 11th-century architecture and riverside walks. A visit to the region’s heart, Orleans, offers both historic interest and a contemporary shopping and dining experience.

All on ground floor: Beamed living/dining room with open fire, tiled floors, French doors and corner kitchen. Three bedrooms: Two double, one with sloping ceiling, one twin with sloping ceiling. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment

  • Enclosed garden
  • 2-acre natural grounds with pond (take care with children)
  • Terrace
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 2km from Ligny-le-Ribault (shops, bars), 15km from La Ferte St Aubin, 19km from Beaugency, 25km from Orléans.

WAS
NOW
£269-£538
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Rue de Main Ref: F53138

Centrally placed in the charming country village of Brains-sur-les-Marches, Rue de Main is a comfortably equipped, single-storey, detached holiday cottage with a mature garden and easy access to local amenities. Nearby Guerche-de-Bretagne boasts one of Brittany’s largest markets and a protected area of forest, whilst the bustling town of Laval offers cosmopolitan shopping and dining as well as an impressive golf course. Pouance, a 20-minute drive from Brains-sur-les-Marches, features a lakeside beach. Also within easy driving distance of Brains is the historic cathedral city of Rennes and the half-timbered houses and cobbled streets of the ancient town of Vitré.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with kitchen area, sloping ceilings and French doors to garden. Study. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC with step to shower. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC with shower cubicle.Tiled floors throughout

  • Enclosed garden
  • Patio
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 6km from St. Aignan-sur-Roe (local facilities), 9km from Guerche-de-Bretagne (all facilities, large market, forest), 30km S of Laval (golf, shopping, restaurants), 85km from Mayenne.

WAS
NOW
£310-£750
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
La Garenne Ref: F37168

Tucked away from the bustle of the picturesque town centre of Bourgueil, La Garenne is a picture postcard in its own right. Set in a large garden with wooded area, this detached holiday house has a private pool and sunny terrace just yards from the door. Constructed from the local limestone, this charming holiday property captures the essence of the Loire region, famed for its wines and magnificent châteaux. Although La Garenne offers modern comforts, its owners have been careful to retain its original features such as the bread oven and beams. The pretty town of Bourgueil offers all amenities and a lively weekly market, and nearby are some of the finest châteaux in France including Villandry Castle (35km away). Saumur, Chinon and Azay-le-Rideau are all within a short drive. Also nearby is the River Loire where you can enjoy cycling, horse riding, boating and golfing.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen with patio doors. Two double bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Separate WC. First floor: Twin bedroom with sloping ceiling and shared en-suite shower room/WC leading to double bedroom with sloping ceiling and exterior door to garden via stone steps

  • Partially enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Private outdoor swimming pool (12m x 5m, depth 0.5m to 2.2m)
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • Video
  • CD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 500m from centre of Bourgueil (shops, café/bars, restaurants), 16km from Chinon (château town), 18km N of Fontevraud (royal abbey), 25km E of Saumur (château, medieval town, River Loire), 35km from Villandry (château), 36km SW of Tours (city, airport, TGV to Paris).

WAS
NOW
£540-£1490
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

This comfortable semi-detached holiday property, set in an acre of grounds lies in the beautiful Mayenne countryside. La Metairie Aux Ballets retain many original features such as beamed ceilings and wooden floors, which complement the interior furnishings. Nearby is the pretty village of Ambrières with a leisure park offering swimming, canoeing, tennis and boat hire while horse riding and lake fishing can be enjoyed locally. Further on is the town of Mayenne where boats can be hired for a trip down the river. Within a short drive are Domfront and the spa town of Bagnoles de l’Orne. Normandy’s most famous landmark, Le Mont Saint-Michel, is also within easy reach for an essential day out.

Ground floor: Living room with wood-burning stove, beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower attachment. First floor: Kingsize bedroom with sloping ceilings. Twin bedroom. Shower room/WC

  • Garden
  • Electric heaters
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • PlayStation 3
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 3km from Ambrières-les-Vallées (restaurants, local facilities, swimming pool, leisure park), 12km N of Mayenne (all facilities), 44km W of Fougères (château).

WAS
NOW
£208-£740
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
La Picardière Ref: F37139

This 19th century barn has been renovated to a good standard with great attention to detail and features exposed beams, cathedral ceiling and tiled floors. The property is furnished with elegant antiques mixed with rustic pieces and the under-floor heating and large woodburner make it wonderful for out of season breaks. There is also a superb heated, enclosed, outdoor swimming pool with a large sunny terrace. The discreet owners who also offer chambres d’hôtes in their house are happy to help. This region of the Loire Valley offers endless possibilities for visiting famous châteaux and vineyards, as well as the troglodyte caves. A wealth of day trips can be enjoyed nearby, including Paris, only 50 minutes away by train (TGV) from the cathedral city of Tours. Poitiers with the dazzling Futuroscope theme park is ideal for all the family. The surrounding countryside is a haven for walking and cycling and an 18 hole golf course is available at famous Cheverny.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower. Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom with two additional single beds on mezzanine. Double bedroom

  • Private garden
  • Enclosed courtyard
  • Private enclosed terrace
  • Shared heated swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.1 to 1.5m)
  • Under-floor heating/air conditioning
  • Woodburner
  • W/machine
  • Shared t/dryer
  • M/wave
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Stereo
  • Plasma satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 6km SW of Herbault (supermarket), 16km N of Amboise (château, all facilities), 32km NE of Tours (city, TGV station).

WAS
NOW
£54-£1310
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Baccon Ref: W14396

Ideal touring base set in large grounds

Loiret

Neighbouring the ancient village church in Baccon with lovely Loiret countryside and close to the River Loire, only 19km from the historic city of Orléans.

This restored, semi-detached, stone-built holiday cottage has views across 7000m² of open fields from the terrace.

There is much to see; Blois, Chambord, Cheverny and Beaugency, further afield are famous vineyards and sporting activities.

Shop 4km, cafe/bar and restaurant 5km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower, toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with basin, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double plus single bed, 1 twin.

Electric convector heaters, open fire in lounge (initial fuel provided), initial 8kw supply of all other fuel and power included per day, remainder by meter reading at end of stay, colour satellite TV, video player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, private lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. NB: Sloping ceiling in double bedroom plus single bed and twin bedroom.

WAS
NOW
£366-£22999
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Maison Rivière Ref: T28061

This attractive, well-furnished house is the home of a teacher who lets it during the summer months. The comfortable interior and unusual garden have been lovingly renovated by the owners creating a spacious living/dining room with an open fire, that gives onto a verandah facing the garden and a pretty, completely modernised kitchen. The unusual garden has large reed beds with paths cut to give access to the river bank at the bottom (a small boat is provided). Due to the presence of water, young children will require supervision, although the garden is fenced.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with open fire. Kitchen. Utility room. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with additional single bed. Shower room with double basin. Separate WC

  • Garden
  • Verandah
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • Table tennis
  • Cot
  • Car port
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 5km NE of Châteaudun (all facilities, château), 15km from watersports centre, 25km (lake with water sports), 40km from 2 18-hole golf courses.

WAS
NOW
£259-£729
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Château de la Cour Ref: F37165

Built on a hill with views over the countryside near Azay-le-Rideau, this 15th century listed manor is adjacent to the owners magnificent 17th century château. This detached holiday property retains original features including an impressive staircase, beams, wooden floors and open fireplaces. The attractive interior reflects the owners’ flair for interior design, hence modern comforts and local antiques. Outside the 30 hectares estate has woodlands, spacious landscaped gardens and large lawns with an attractive ornamental pond. Guests can enjoy the shared swimming pool and tennis court, spend time with the horses and donkeys, or explore the vineyards and winery. The treasures of the Loire Valley are at your door, including the Châteaux of Azay, Ussé, Villandry, Chinon, Langeais, Saumur and Tours. For a more quiet life there are over a hundred cycle tracks alongside the riverbanks (bike hire available). Home cooked meals available (at additional cost, welcome breakfast free of charge).

Living room. Steps to dining room/kitchen. Twin bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC, low door, low ceiling. Steps to laundry room (in annexe). Spiral stairs to first floor: Kingsize bedroom, steps to en-suite shower room/WC (no door). Double bedroom, low door and step to en-suite shower room

  • Private garden
  • Terrace
  • Shared landscaped grounds, unfenced pond (take care with children)
  • Shared grounds, woodland (30 hectares), sloping banks
  • Large shared courtyard
  • Shared swimming pool (14m x 5m, depth 1.1m-2.2m)
  • Shared tennis court
  • Gas heating
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Two f/freezers
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Shared sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • NB: Some rooms have uneven tiled floor.

Location: 5km E of Azay-le-Rideau (château, most facilities), 13km SE of Langeais (château, most facilities), 18km SW of Villandry (château, bars and restaurants), 30km SW of Tours (city, TGV to Paris, airport).

WAS
NOW
£719-£1899
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ballots Ref: W14667

Peaceful location

Mayenne

La Gardiere consists of two, semi-detached converted holiday cottages and the owner’s holiday residence. If you aim to relax, then these cottages are for you, they have views all around the lush Mayenne countryside. Both cottages are practical, each with a well-equipped kitchen, modern furnishings and appliances, the private garden areas are compact but adequate, ideal for a barbecue or relaxing.

Guests have use of the large grounds, ideal for the children to run around. Activities in the area include cycling, fishing, golf, and within walking distance is the nautical park of La Rincerie, 800m, which offers water sports and windsurfing.

For lovers of French culture and history the Loire has numerous historic sites and monuments including wine tasting. Visit historic Angers with its medieval chateau, 70km, and Chataubriant famous for its fine restaurants, 34km. Take a trip to the coast and visit Mont St Michael, a great day out.

Shops, restaurant 4km, café/bar 800m

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom and basin, separate toilet, 2 twin bedrooms (one can be double). First floor: Mezzanine with twin beds.

Electric heating all fuel and power included in rent May to September, €40 supplement October to April, cot, digital TV, DVD player, radio, washing machine, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, shared grounds and orchard, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: There is a step in the garden, sloping banks in the grounds and stream nearby (empty in summer months).

WAS
NOW
£152-£550
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Badecon-Le-Pin Ref: W14317

Private outdoor heated swimming pool

Indre

This large, detached holiday property, with an annex, is located near Argenton-sur-Creuse and has a spectacular riverside position with panoramic views of the River Creuse (fishing available with licence). The spacious interior is pleasantly furnished and well equipped to provide a home from home feeling for your holiday.

The first large terrace attached to the property is ideal for outdoor dining and the second terrace is adjacent to the private heated swimming pool (10 x 4m, depth 1-1.8m) which shares views of the river.

Close to the Brenne National Region Land of George Sand, with over 1000 lakes and 5300 hectares of parkland, a paradise for nature lovers. For a taste of history, Chateauroux, 29km, St. Savin, 57km and Bourges are well worth a visit. Take a day trip to historic Poitiers, 98km, with its famous Futuroscope Theme Park.

Shops 3km, café/bar and restaurant 1km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, separate toilet, 1 twin bedroom (can be kingsize) with en-suite shower, toilet and basin. First floor: 2 bathrooms with shower cubicle, toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 1 four poster double (7ft wide), 1 twin, 1 single. Annex: Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 twin bedrooms (can be kingsize).

Gas central heating, all fuel at cost, power included in rent Jun-Sep, €60 supplement Oct-Apr, bed linen included in rent, cot, digital TV, DVD player, CD player, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, private lawned garden, courtyard, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: River nearby. 6 steps to entrance. Significant drops and water features near the property.

WAS
NOW
£26-£2220
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Mûr-de-Bretagne Ref: FBC482

Ideal touring base

Côtes d’Armor

This spacious holiday property is a pleasant detached house, with a lawned garden and is situated on the edge of a small town. There is easy access to beautiful Lake Guerlédan where you can enjoy fishing as well as a variety of watersports. Mûr-de-Bretagne is a pretty market town surrounded by forests and lakes and home to the historic Bon Repos Abbey, which is a beautiful restored monument where art exhibitions are held. This an ideal base for discovering the many treasures of the Argoat region of Brittany.

Interesting places to visit include the town of Quintin (31km), famous for its former weaving industry and châteaux, the picturesque, medieval town of Moncontour (42km), and the large riverside town of Pontivy (25km) which is well worth a visit for its historic monuments, extensive range of shops, supermarkets and restaurants. A little further afield is Vannes (68km), a harbour town renowned for its medieval streets and aquariam.

Other activities in the area include fishing in the lake (800m), a public swimming pool (15km) and a golf course (45km).

Shop and restaurant 300m.

Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 twin.

Central heating, open fire in lounge (no fuel provided), all other fuel and power at cost, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome.

WAS
NOW
£139-£389
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